Friday, March 27, 2015

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Clare Coss Book Signing Tuesday, March 31st (NYC)

In honor of the publication of the Clare Coss play 

Clare Coss and Woodie King Jr.

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Kathleen Chalfant and Peter Jay Fernandez
in a 2013 staged reading p
resented by
Woodie King Jr.’s 
National Black Touring Circuit
at Castillo Theatre, NYC

What time? 5:00 – 7:00 PM 
Where? The Drama Book Shop, Inc
250 West 40th Street 
(btw 7th & 8th Avenues) 
New York, NY 10018 

RSVP by calling or emailing New Federal Theatre! 
(212) 353-1176 
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Call for Plays by playwrights of color (March 31st deadline)

Theatre Nova deadline: March 31st 

Theatre Nova in Ann Arbor, Michigan is a brand new, 501C3 nonprofit theatre launching its first season this year. We focus on new works and most of our season is filled, but another part of our mission is to produce playwrights of color that write stories for actors of color in non-stereotypical roles. This means we do not want to read another play about segregation in the 1960's or another play about Cesar Chavez or another play about 911. We do NOT want actors of color playing drug dealers, criminals, terrorists or slaves. Consider ways in which we can present the experiences of people of color in a way that is universal and speaks about the human condition more than stereotypes or historical conflicts. LGBT characters are greatly appreciated as well.

For this particular submission, we are accepting full-length plays from writers of color (male or female) with strong, three dimensional roles for actors of color (though there can be white characters in the play as well). Think of Gina Rodriguez's golden globe speech "This award represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes." Because we are a new theatre, we can have no more than 5 characters in the cast. 

Please include in the body of the email: 
 -A Synopsis 
 -A Character Breakdown (include races and ages of characters) 
 -Set Requirements 
 -Brief Description of how this play promotes actors of color in a non-stereotypical manner. As an attachment 
 -20 page sample of script (any section that shows the best work) 
 -Full Script (both as separate attachments. 

Any submissions that do not follow the requirements above will be discarded. We will only respond if we are interested in pursuing your script. Please do not ask if we received your submission or send any other unsolicited follow through. Email all requirements to

Thanks to Aurin Squire for this info.

Call for plays from African American playwrights (April 1st deadline)

Deadline: April 1st 

The theme and subject matters of the work is open to the playwright's imagination. Scripts are open to African American playwrights across the U.S. Selected playwright finalists will be contacted no later than Friday, May 1, 2015. There is no fee to submit. 

Grand prize winner is chosen by audience vote and will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00. All selected plays will be performed in front of a live theater audience. 

To qualify for consideration, the scripts must conform to the following guidelines: Must be an original, unproduced, unpublished work written by an African American playwright. Must be at least 10 minutes long, but no longer than 10 minutes. (Generally 9-11 pages. | Industry standard - 1 page = 1 minute) Should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues. 

To submit: Complete the script submissions form on website Email pdf of original work to: Email header should read: Submission: Fade to Black. Include your name and the name of the play. 

On the front page of your script include your name, contact information, title of the play as well as any character descriptions. Only three (3) scripts are allowed per playwright. 

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Thanks to Aurin Squirer for this info.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

For Colored Girls Is Back By Popular Demand Feb 27 thru Mar 1 (Philly)

First World Theatre Ensemble In association with Kaged Tiger Productions, once again brings alive through the direction of Zuhairah McGill a landmark in American theatre, Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" classic choreopoem illuminating the tales of women in all the shades of life’s experiences. 

Save 20% when you purchase your tickets in advance.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Two Plays You Don't Want To Miss This Sunday, Feb 15th (Harlem)

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Sunday, February 15th
Harlem Hospital's Cave Auditorium
506 Malcom X Blvd. @ 135th Street

Tickets: $20.00

Meet the Playwright: Nathan Ross Freeman, Monday, Feb 23rd (Nashville)

Nathan Ross Freeman

The African American Playwrights Exchange presents a reading of HANNAH ELIAS, conceived by Johnnie "Blue" Gardner and written by Nathan Ross Freeman. 

HANNAH ELIAS tells the true story of the scandal which swirled around the "enchantress" Hannah Elias ca. 1900 in New York City. The reading, directed by Franchesa Kirkpatrick, is the 35th event in the Metro Nashville Parks Theatre Department's New Play Reading Series. Free to the public, HANNAH ELIAS:The Reading, takes place at 7:00 pm, Monday, February 23 in the Centennial Black Box Theatre, Centennial Arts Activity Center, Centennial Park. Playwright Nathan Ross Freeman will be traveling to Nashville from Winston Salem for the reading of his play. Come to Nashville and Go to the Theatre!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Kinky Boots Tony Winner Billy Porter Will Be Kate in All-Male THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (DC)

Billy Porter

By Andrew Gans, Playbill
06 Feb 2015
Artistic director Michael Kahn has announced the 2015-16 season for Washington, DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company. One of the highlights will be an all-male production of Shakespeare's The Taming of Shrew. Directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, the cast will be led by Tony-winning Kinky Boots star Billy Porter as Kate. In a statement Kahn said, “It is my goal to give fresh voices in directing an opportunity to tackle STC productions, and to bring the talent of those emerging artists to our stage. Ed is known for his epic, immersive performance-style productions, which I am pleased to share with our audiences with his examination of identity and gender roles.” To continue reading, please click here.

AAPEX Best New Book 2015 Award goes to Stewart F. Lane for his book, BLACK BROADWAY

BLACK BROADWAY has been designated the Top #1 Hot Release in PERFORMING ARTS books on